Quinninup Falls

1 h to 2 h

3.6 km

↑ 104 m
↓ -104 m

Moderate track
Starting from the Moses Rock Carpark off Moses Rock Road, Wilyabrup, this walk takes you to Quinninup Falls and back via the Quinninup Falls Trail. Quinninup Falls is a beautiful seasonal waterfall not far from the coast near Moses Rock. The journey to the falls is every bit as beautiful as the destination. The trail follows the Cape to Cape Track through granite outcrops and coastal heath, taking in views of the spectacular granite cliffs and coastline. In wildflower season, there's a visual feast of flowers in every colour. At the start of the walk, you can see the waves crashing against the shore and surfers enjoying the ocean. The trail takes you over some rocky terrain, and then it is mainly walking up and down sand dunes. Near the beach, the trail turns and leads inland to the base of the falls. After crossing a bridge with a stream running underneath it, the trail leads out into a red dirt plain before the land dips and weaves and Quinninup Falls appears. Once you arrive at Quininup Falls, the view is breathtaking and well worth the effort. The contrast of the sand dunes right next to the waterfall surprise many walkers. One minute you can hear the wind and the waves crashing against the shore, and then you step down into a small, quiet, green sanctuary where the sound of the rushing waterfall takes centre stage. The water is crystal clear, both in the rock pool and downstream. The best time to view the falls is between late winter and late spring, after plenty of recent rain. You may be disappointed in the other months of the year as the waterfall can dry out. To get to the falls, park your car at the Moses Rock Carpark. Facilities here include toilets, a viewing platform and a sturdy wooden staircase leading down to the beach. The trail varies from flat and easy to rocky and uneven. The journey is a bit challenging, yet the rewarding experience is worth it. There are a few big sand dunes that are easy to descend but quite exhausting to climb up due to the loose sand. Keep a lookout for the Cape to Cape Track signs - if you can see them, you are going the right way. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-33.7591679,114.9911308)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Bussell Highway, 10
  • Turn on to Harman's Mill Road then drive for 6.6 km
  • Turn left onto Metricup Road and drive for another 2.4 km
  • Turn right onto Caves Road, 250 and drive for another 2.7 km
  • Turn left onto Moses Rock Road and drive for another 3.4 km
  • Keep right and drive for another 800 m
  • Turn right and drive for another 55 m
Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the Moses Rock Carpark off Moses Rock Road, Wilyabrup, head along the Cape to Cape Track, located about 50 metres to the right of the viewing platform and wooden staircase. At the start of the trail, there are three small wooden posts and some large bushes on either side. After about 200m, you'll come across a 'Quinninup Falls Trail' sign. Follow the trail ahead, keeping a lookout for the 'Cape to Cape Track' signs, and continue the walk to Quinninup Falls.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Cape to Cape Track.
Find the toilet at the start.
After another 15 m pass the "Moses Rock" (on your left).
After another 770 m pass a seat (on your right).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This optional side trip takes you a beach with great westerly views. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip turn sharp right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 750 m turn right.
After another 105 m cross the ford.
After another 20 m continue straight.
After another 100 m come to "Quininup Falls".
Turn around here and retrace the main route for 1.8 km to get back to the start.

This optional side trip takes you a beach with great westerly views.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Cape to Cape Track.
After another 130 m come to a ford.
The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 130 m to the main route.
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Quinninup Falls

Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 3.6 km
Time 1 h to 2 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (2/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one 30 m from the start.

Seat: There is one 820 m from the start.

Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
30 m[toilet]
820 m[seat]
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